The Pacifica Graduate Institute Alumni Association Executive Board guides the helm and charts the course of our alum community.

Formed on 17 April 2013 as a California 501(c) Nonprofit Corporation for the purposes of developing an operational and charitable membership alumni association, the PGIAA supports both alumni of Pacifica Graduate Institute and the wider community in their pursuit of developing their intellectual, spiritual, altruistic, and professional capabilities.

In light of Pacifica’s unique and creative educational experience, its alumni community fostered an association focused intently on “tending the soul of the world” as enshrined in the Institute’s motto of animae mundi colendae gratis. Thus, the PGIAA seeks not only to provide alumni and the general public with opportunities for personal and professional growth, but also to serve as a path for making positive changes within society as a whole through service and education.

  • Allyn Enderlyn

    Allyn Enderlyn earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Depth Psychology in 2013. She recently created a documentary film based on her dissertation, which was described as “a beautifully written, powerful, and historically important document.”

  • Breana D. Johnson

    Breana D. Johnson is a 4th year dissertation student in the Depth Psychology, Community, Liberation, Indigenous, and Eco-psychologies program.  Ms. Johnson currently practices as a licensed Marriage and Family Psychotherapist in New York City and works to address stigma in the mental wellness field.

  • Donna May

    Ms. May received her M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in 1996. She credits the school’s motto, Animae Mundi Colendae Gratia  (for the sake of tending soul in and of the world) for guiding her life and work.

  • Fanny Brewster

    Fanny Brewster, M.F.A., Ph.D., is an author of poetry and nonfiction, and a Professor in the Integrative Therapy and Healing Practices Department at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Her Masters degree in Creative Nonfiction was awarded by Goucher College.

  • Harry Grammer

    Harry Grammer is an artist, activist, and educator. He founded the community- based organization New Earth in 2004 and is an integral part of reforming juvenile justice in Los Angeles. In 2017, Harry was honored as a CNN Hero, and in 2018 was selected one of 20 inaugural Obama Foundation Fellows from over 20,000 applicants in 191 countries.

  • Heather McCloskey Beck

    Heather McCloskey Beck is an international author, speaker, somatic energy healer, life coach, and founder of the global peace movement, Peace Flash®. Dedicated to creating a dynamic peace within our world, Heather’s most recent book, Take the Leap, focuses on how to embrace your unique genius and create a life you truly love

  • Howard Spector

    Howard Spector is the Founder and CEO of SimplePractice, a practice management and Electronic Health Record platform for health and wellness professionals.

  • John Michael O’Neal

    John Michael O’Neal is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in both California and New Mexico, and a graduate of Pacifica Graduate Institute.

  • Leslie Shore

    Dr. Leslie Shore completed her Ph.D. in 2013 from Pacifica Graduate Institute in the Mythological Studies program with an emphasis in depth psychology. 

  • Maxine Blanche Langdon

    Licensed since 2012 as an MFT in California, Dr. Langdon received her Ph.D. in Depth Psychology with an Emphasis in Psychotherapy in 2016.  She has maintained a private practice in the Rancho Cucamonga area since 2011.

  • Minh Tran

    Minh Tran, MA, LMFT is a graduate of Pacifica Graduate Institute’s M.A. in Counseling Psychology program. After graduating in 2017, Minh completed his commitment to working for the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health

  • Nicole Freeman

    Nicole Freeman holds a Master of Arts degree in counseling psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute and is currently pre-licensed as an AMFT and APCC. Ms. Freeman works with an adolescent population, using dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and a psychodynamic approach.

  • Odette Springer

    Odette Springer holds a B.A. in Piano from the Manhattan School of Music and a Ph.D. in Mythological Studies with an emphasis in depth psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute.

  • Olivia Happel

    Olivia Happel, PhD, teaches Latin, Mythology, Theory of Knowledge, English, and Film Studies at Dos Pueblos High School in Goleta, California.  Dr. Happel created her own curriculum for both the Mythology and Film Studies courses and also serves as the Extended Essay Coordinator for DPHS

  • Stephanie Zajchowski

    Stephanie Zajchowski recently earned her Ph.D. in Mythological Studies with an emphasis in depth psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. She also holds a certification in Spiritual Direction from Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology.

Past Boardmembers

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